Easily Ungroup Shared Calendars

In the Google Help Forums, I spotted the following question. “If there was a tool for ungrouping and grouping shared Google Calendars?” Naturally, my reply was you can group shared calendars by checking them off individually. However, there is a tool for users to ungroup all at once by using the following steps.

  1. Open Google Calendar
  2. Click Option Settings (3 vertical dots) for the Calendar to leave open
  3. Select “Display this Only”

I suggested to the user about grouping calendars together and embedding into a New Google Site. My idea would provide a simple method for viewing several team member calendars at once.

You may find the following Google Help Center resources beneficial:

  1. CALENDAR: Add a Google Calendar to your Website
  2. NEW SITES:Add Google Files Video & More
    • Scroll to Section: Add HTML, CSS, or JavaScript code to your site

If you would like more detailed instruction please leave a comment.

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Lesser Known Tools Residing in GMAIL…

If you ask a teacher or student which G Suite for Edu tool they use most often I bet the response would be “GMAIL”.  They probably feel pretty confident about their mastery of composing and sending an Email. Some might even say they are ninja’s or Guru’s when it comes to using GMAIL. But are they really more than proficient users? Most people only really use the very basics of sending and receiving email.

I created the following GMAIL Learning Square to support colleagues, friends and students with learning about some of the hidden treasures residing within GMAIL.

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Click here to Open the Learning Square

  • TYPE USING DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
    • Useful for Support ELL Students and their families
    • Supports Connecting Globally with Classroom from other countries
    • May be integrated into a foreign language or social studies unit
  • CREATE LABELS
    • Similar to a Folder or Cabinet for storing Email
    • Supports proficient Email Search
    • Helps students organize important messages
  • FILTER EMAIL
    • Automates EMAIL Filing process
    • Timesaver for organizing Email
    • Basis for an efficient Email search
  • UNDO SEND
    • Provides set amount of time to undo a sent Email
      • This is for those with a “Trigger Happy Finger”
  • CONTACT GROUPS
    • Eliminates having typing individual Emails
    • May use in to share Google Drive Files
    • Timesaver enter one name versus multiple Email addresses
  • USE TASK SPECIFIC ADDRESSES
    • May use to sign up to different educational websites
    • Makes it easy to filter the incoming mail from “Free Sites”
    • Use to create a “Help Desk” specific Email address
  • CANNED RESPONSES
    • Timesaver by providing a template for common responses
    • Use to correspond with parents or students
      • Create set answers to questions about:
        • Field trips
        • Special Project Assignments
        • Classroom Events
  • GMAIL OFFLINE
    • Allows the user with limited internet access to compose Email
    • Email may be read and organized off-line
    • Changes sync and update once connected to the internet
  • TYPE USING DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
    • Correspond with ELL students
    • Supports correspondence with non-english speaking guardians
    • May be used in a foreign language class or other content area

One beauty of using G Suite tools is the hidden helpful extra features. These extra features or tools often add a powerful punch to the usability. So the next time you open a Google APP click around and see what you can discover.

 

Add Images to Calendar Event Titles

I’m a visual learner and like when images are used to compliment words. This lead me to discovering a way for adding images to Google Calendar event titles as well as within the events description. You will be amazed by this simple and easy to use method for adding images to the web browser version of Google Calendar.  Using images in a calendar can be valuable to students who may struggle with reading. Teachers may use a visual calendar to support students with learning a daily schedule.

How to Insert an Image Into a

Google Calendar Event

  1. Open an emoticon website such as Twitter Symbols
  2. Copy an emoticon Image
  3. Paste the Image into a Google Calendar Event Title or Description

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Some Ideas how for using images in a Google Calendar

  • Visuals such as this can aide students on the spectrum with following their daily tasks.
  • Google Calendar can be used to create a behavior support calendar.
    • Have students add smiles or frowns throughout the day to log their reaction to daily activities.
  • An elementary classroom may use a Google Calendar to Keep track of the weather.
  • Share a project or Homework Calendar with images.

 

Inserting a Movable Google Doc Text Box

Last week this question was asked by a Google Doc User in the Google Doc Help Forum. This is when I discovered the easiest way to add a movable text box in a Google Doc is by inserting a Google Drawing. This will allow you to insert text which may be easily dragged around a Google Doc once the Text Break and “0” Margins are selected. Please check out the following easy steps to success for adding a draggable text box into a Google Doc.

ADDING DRAGGABLE TEXT BOX

  1. Open a Google Doc
  2. In Tool Bar Click Insert, followed by Selecting Drawing
  3. A Pop Up Window Opens
  4. Select the Text Box Tool from Tool Bar
  5. Drag Text Box to Size
  6. Click More in the Tool Bar
    • This allows you to select text style
  7. Type Words into the Text Box
  8. Size the Text Box (Close to the Text’s outer perimeter)
  9. Click Save & Close Button
  10. Under Text Box Click  “Wrap Text” or “Break Test” and a “0 inch” Margin
    • This will allow you to move the text box around depending upon the layout

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Google Slides Transforms Into EBook

What would your student’s think if the Google Slides Book they created magically transformed into an EBook with curling pages? This can be done with the wave of a magic wand. No kidding aside! Okay maybe with a savvy teacher at the helm guiding the students with this innovative project. Alright you caught me again! All you really need is minimal technology skills to guide your students with authoring their first Ebook.

The trick to this project is creating a Google Slide using 8.5″ x 11″ page setup. Once the book is created the slide deck is downloaded as a PDF. Now the fun begins! The next thing the teacher does is upload the PDF to FlipSnack Edu. Yup it really is as easy as this sounds!

Set Google Slides Page Setup

  1. Open the Google Slide Presentation
  2. Click File
  3. Select Page Setup
  4. Under Page Setup Click Drop Down Arrow
  5. Select Custom
  6. Add Width Size (8.5″) followed by Length (11″)
  7. Click OK

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Download Google Slide Deck as PDF

  1. Click File
  2. Select Download as
  3. Click PDF

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Upload Slide Deck PDF to FlipSnack Edu

  1. Logon to FlipSnackedu.com
  2. Wave Cursor over New Project
  3. Select start from PDF
  4. Select Upload or Drop and Drag PDF file

upload-to-flipsnackeduWhy Turn a PDF Into a Flip Book???

  1. Provides Engaging way to share Student Creative Writing
  2. Teacher or Student can embed Flip Book into Blog or Website
  3. Student or Teacher can use as a classroom presentation
  4. Provides another format to share projects
  5. Offers an easy way to organize and curate projects